Walking time: 6h15m
Total distance: 10.2 miles
Vertical distance: up to 984 feet; down 5,249ft
Hikers with vertigo will enjoy this route, high above the valley. Located along a narrow, exposed alpine trail, sure footing is essential. Starting at the summit station of Valluga at 9,222 feet, the hike is accessible via two cable cars from St. Anton am Arlberg. Even if you don’t want to take the walk, it’s worth coming for the panoramic views, which on a clear day stretch around Austria and into Liechtenstein, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. From there, take the path down to Leutkircher Hütte – if the kohlröschen orchids are in bloom, you’ll be bathed in their vanilla scent.
Built in 1912 on a ridge 900 meters above St. Anton am Arlberg, the Leutkircher’s sumptuous dishes are accompanied by incredible views. Geli recommends ordering the Brettl Jause, a wooden board filled with regional cheeses, meats and pickles, or, if you have time, spend the night and go the next day for a walk in the surroundings. Alternatively, take the path that zigzags down the mountain through the forest to St. Anton am Arlberg. Along the way, you can stop at the Putzenalm dairy farm, where you can buy mountain cheese as a souvenir of your day in the mountains.